Not quite three months after it announced plans to offer voice over LTE (VoLTE), MetroPCS has launched Rich Communication Services (RCS) over its 4G LTE network. MetroPCS will offer its RCS services under the GSMA-licensed joyn brand, based on the GSMA RCS 5.0 standard. The service features will be included in all 4G LTE rate plans and RCS-enabled smartphones.
joyn by MetroPCS will deliver more than standard voice and basic messaging, providing customers with an intuitive way to use services like integrated instant messaging or chat, Wi-Fi and video calling and simplified content sharing. The service negates the use of multiple, separate applications and log-ins in offering federated connectivity , content transfer, and sharing in real time with just one click from the user's address book.
MetroPCS joyn will support:
• Contacts Presence showing synchronous contact availability/status
• Calendar sync
• Social network interaction
• Enriched chat via threaded conversations, also showing which people and groups are available to chat and share content
• Instant messaging and group chat
• Delivery of read notifications and composing indications
• Content sharing with one click from the address book
• Shared video, images and files while on a call and within instant messaging or chat
• Wi-Fi and video calling
Roger Linquist, the CEO and chairman of MetroPCS, commented in a statement, "As the first 4G LTE carrier in the world to offer RCS, we are excited to join the global community of operators implementing the RCS standard and we are proud of our team and partners who were critical in building this capability that will evolve and expand over the next year."
Enabled by session initiation protocol (the same protocol that provides VoIP session control and presence features), RCS 5.0 is the latest in a series of specifications developed by the GSMA. The RCS program includes network operators, network device and client software vendors. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide including nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.